Adopt a cat
HANDS FREE HOMING WITH NORTH BIRMINGHAM CATS PROTECTION
At this time due to Covid 19, we're adopting a new hands-free homing approach for our cats. This is to ensure that we can continue to help as many cats as possible at this time, by matching them with their perfect family and freeing up more space in our branch. If you’re interested in adopting a cat from us please take a look at the specific personalities and requirements of each of our cats. If you think you could be the #PurrfectMatch for one of these lovely moggies, please complete a contact form which is linked at the bottom of each cat's profile.
Please note: We have in place extensive procedures that are enabling carefully controlled rehoming without putting people at risk of infection, and without a negative impact on cat welfare. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to adopt the specific cat you’ve expressed an interest in at this time but we will be ensuring that all our cats are matched with potential owners who are able to provide the environment and lifestyle required for each cat’s individual needs.
How to adopt
Our branch is offering a Hands Free adoption process so that we can continue to rehome cats in our care.
We’ll advertise cats on our website and offer the possibility of a video meeting for each cat. This will allow our adopters to get a better idea of the cat’s personality. Adopt with Confidence, our usual policy of openness and honesty still stands – we’ll ensure you’re aware of any medical or behavioural concerns, and we will carefully assess each and every match before deciding whether the home is suitable.
Matching the right home for our cats is always a challenge and we always prioritise the individual welfare needs of the cat.
Step 1 - Enquire
If you are interested in offering a cat a permanent home and like the look of one of our cats, send us an enquiry through the website or call our helpline on 0345 260 1503.
Step 2 - Adoption Process, Virtual Viewing and Reservations
If we think you’re a match, we’ll give you a call and carry out a virtual home visit this can be done either by video chat or via phone. We’ll discuss your requirements and gain information about the type of home you’re able to offer a cat. Once you’ve been approved to adopt, we will arrange to discuss the cat (or suggest a possible suitable alternative cat) and arrange a virtual viewing. At this stage we will ask for proof of your address and landlord consent (if applicable). If you and the fosterer are happy to proceed with the adoption we’ll reserve the cat for you
Step 3 - Adopt
Once the reservation has been placed, we’ll send you the cat’s paperwork via email for you to review and sign. We will be able to finalise the Adoption once this paperwork has been received.
The adoption fee of £95 will need to be paid online at this time.
The paperwork consists of a Medical Summary, Adoption Form, and PetPlan Terms for your free one month of insurance cover. We’ll ask you to send back the signed forms with your proof of address and landlord consent.
Step 4 - Getting Your Cat
There are 2 ways to collect your cat; either collection in person or for the cat to be delivered to you by one of our volunteers.
Collection in Person: the fosterer will confirm the address, date and time for collection. When you arrive at the fosterers house on the day of collection you will need to call the fosterer to let them know you have arrived. The foster will then pop the cat into the cat carer and place the carrier on their front door, wipe the carrier handle and step back. You will then be able to pick up the carrier. Social distancing will be maintained throughout the handover/collection process.
Delivery of Cat: a volunteer will let the adopter know once they have arrived at their house. The volunteer will then place the cat carrier outside the adopters front door doorstep of the adopters home. Please wait inside your home until the volunteer has stepped back 2 meters then you will be able to take your new companion into their new home.
Please note that the carrier in which the cat has arrived will not need to be returned.
A homing pack will also be left with the cat – which gives tips and advice on how to settle your cat into their new home.
The fosterer will give you a call 5 days after you have adopted your new cat to check how everything is going. If you need any advice or support after adopting a cat, please call our helpline on 0345 260 1503.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How will you be maintaining social distancing and minimising risk to adopters and drivers?
Our team wear aprons and gloves when handling cats, but we will now also use disposable gloves when touching carriers. We will put on a fresh pair of gloves to carry your cat to your door. Our driver will leave the cat on your doorstep and knock/ring the bell/call you. We will wait at a safe distance to see that you have received the cat before leaving. We suggest that you wash your hands once you have set the cat up in its safe room.
What happens if I change my mind?
Your reservation is not binding, so you can cancel any time up until the completion of the adoption paperwork. As our team are working hard to facilitate a number of enquiries, we’d be grateful if you could carefully consider the commitment of adopting a cat before reserving. Once you adopt the cat, you take full responsibility for their care.
If you feel that they are not settling in well we ask that you give it some time and follow the settling in guidance provided. You can also make contact with us regarding any concerns you may have by calling our Helpline on 0345 260 1503.
What if my cat becomes unwell?
Vet practices have been advised to only see cats in emergency situations. Many practices are offering consultations by phone or video call but you may wish to find out your chosen vet’s current status before you adopt.
You may also like to consider signing up to Cats Protection’s Membership scheme which gives you access to our Vetfone line.
Why can’t I come to visit and see the cats before I commit?
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 and local restrictions it is not possible to allow members of the public into our volunteers homes or gardens. These guidelines are to safeguard all of our volunteers and potential adopters meaning the adoption process is entirely Hands Free.
Not enough cats?
We often have other cats and kittens in branch besides those pictured. Some may not be quite ready, and there's always more on our waiting list to come in. Even if you can't see the right cat for you, please feel free to contact us to express your interest.
Please also check out our 'Direct Homing Scheme'
page, where there could be just the right kitten or cat for you to adopt privately with no fees involved. Alternatively, you might also like to try the Birmingham Adoption Centre.
£95 for a cat or a kitten